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How to Make a Restaurant Position Look Professional on a Resume

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Whether you're a seasoned short order cook, a server at a fine dining restaurant or a sous chef at a franchise, you need to make your resume look professional for your next job. Listing your job skills, job duties and positive qualities on your resume does not need to be any more challenging for a restaurant position than any other position. Don't be afraid to list non-restaurant experience on a restaurant resume, or vice versa. Any employer cares about skills that display your reliability, punctuality and responsibility, no matter where you displayed those skills.

Read restaurant job descriptions for your type of job, as Cooking Schools suggests. By doing this, you get an idea of what language employers use to describe common tasks like setting up a restaurant dining room, ordering food service supplies or taking inventory of a restaurant bar. Write down anything that applies to you, so you can recycle it on your resume.

Reread the job description of any position you're applying for. Note any key words they use such as punctual, experienced, polite and knowledgeable about wine. You'll put those in your resume.

List all skills and responsibilities you had at the restaurant, no matter how small they seem. If you had any managerial duties, such as training a new bar back or cook, list this too.

Draft your position following your resume format, which can be bulleted, paragraph form or another form. Use action verbs to describe each duty, and see the sample food server resume from Career Development Help if you need an example of how to use an action verb.

Refine your job description by inserting those key words you identified in the job description. If they highlight team building, mention that you worked with colleagues on large banquets or parties. Don't lie or exaggerate though. If a skill doesn't apply to you, leave it off your resume.

If you're describing a restaurant position for a non-restaurant job, still try to relate every duty back to one of the key words in the job description. Setting a table displays attention to detail. Working as a line cook shows that you can work as part of a team and that you don't fold under pressure.

Proofread the position to make sure you haven't misspelled anything. Let the resume sit overnight.

Ask a friend to read your resume for clarity. Tell them to let you know if something seems confusing or hard to understand for someone who isn't in the restaurant world.

Revise the resume using this feedback. When you're happy with the way your restaurant position looks, send your resume out as a job seeker.


If offered a job interview, be punctual and bring an extra copy of your resume.

List any skills you have at the bottom of your resume. Restaurant workers often have a food safety certification, working knowledge of Spanish and other skills that may be useful outside the restaurant world.